The Bucs are a team on a mission at the combine. They had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL in 2014, and it appears they know that and want to fix it.
The Buccaneers have spent the early part of the combine meeting with many different offensive tackles. According to our sources, the Bucs have met with Missouri OT Mitch Morse at the combine. They have also met Penn State OT Donovan Smith and Florida State OG Tre Jackson multiple times during this process already. (H/T to our scout.com team and my buddy Lee from JBF at the combine)
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Smith (6'6'' 340 lbs) left Penn State with a year of eligibility left. Some thought he should have returned to school, but the massive Smith already looks the part. He had a strong week at the Senior Bowl.(Was invited because he already graduated) Smith is probably a candidate to start at right tackle before ultimately moving to left tackle once he gets accustomed to the NFL.
Tre Jackson (6'4'' 330 lbs) is a big guard with a nice frame. His play on film reminds me of former Alabama OG Chance Warmack, who was a top 15 pick. Jackson doesn't go near as high in this draft. I think Jackson can be a 10-year starter in the NFL. Typically, guards tend to slide a bit in the draft. With other guards like A.J. Cann and Laken Tomlinson available, the Bucs should find themselves in position to grab a high-quality guard at the top of the 3rd round.
As for Mitch Morse (6'5'' 305 lbs), he's likely a mid-to-late round pick. Morse started at right tackle during his career at Missouri, but moved over to left tackle to replace Justin Britt, who was a 2nd round pick last year. Morse is a workman at offensive tackle. He's got good strength, but struggles a little with speed rushers off the edge. I do wonder if Morse is versatile enough to be an option at tackle and guard in the NFL.
The Bucs know their problem and they seem to be trying to address it with some early meetings taking place at the combine.
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